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Placing Gender and Ethnicity on the Bodies of Indigenous Women and in the Work of Bolivian Intellectuals

  • Susan Paulson

Abstract

Policies and programs established in Bolivia in the 1990s expressed a new vision of political agency and citizenship: a multicultural, pluri-ethnic, and gender-sensitive vision that broke the longstanding assimilationist paradigm and promised greater respect for diverse identities and lifeways. This paper explores practices and discourses of dissimilar social groups, and asks how their dynamic coexistence has contributed to unique expressions of identity and alterity articulated in Bolivia. My discussion draws on detailed ethnographic research in three sites (a government ministry, a university research project, and the everyday lives of indigenous women and men), carried out during the decade that I lived in Bolivia.

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Vice President Indigenous Woman American Anthropology Andeanist Group Indigenous Identity 
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